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Delta Waterfowl July 2019 Conditions Report

As waterfowl nesting season wanes, Delta Waterfowl biologists are seeing positive signs throughout North America. Here's the scoop. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


8 Shotgunning Mistakes That'll Make You Miss

Ducks have a knack for bringing out the shooting mistakes in all of us. Sometimes I think I even invent a few new shooting mistakes each season. But the worst gaffes seem to happen before even picking up the gun and pulling it to your shoulder. These mess-ups sting a...


5 Deadly Decoy Spreads

Waterfowlers tend to fall into habits. But often, that’s because those habits pay dividends. I'm no different, especially when it comes to my decoy setups. In fact, during the past several years, I've noticed that I tend to set my decoys in one of five tried-and-true ways, time and again...


9 Things Duck Hunters Never Say on Facebook

Waterfowlers stand out during summer. They favor backwater mud runs over pleasure boating and cut family vacations short because the guys needed a fifth shooter for trap league. That also holds true on social media , where you can see duck hunters interrupting the steady stream of fishing and camping...


North Dakota Spring Breeding Duck Numbers Up

Abundant spring rains might have Midwestern farmers fuming, but they’ve given prairie-pothole ducks a lift. According to a June 24 article on the North Dakota Game and Fish website, Spring 2019 breeding duck numbers increased by about 20 percent from 2018. The GFD’s 72nd annual spring breeding duck survey, conducted...


Wood Ducks: Our All-American Waterfowl

Editor's note: This post originally ran July 4, 2017. On this uniquely all-American day, I thought it would be cool to nominate an all-American duck. My pick? The wood duck . Yeah, I know mallards are more plentiful and widespread. And it’s true that wood ducks aren’t unique to the...


Are You Hauling Too Many Decoys?

If you've duck hunted long, you've probably, at some point, been drenched in sweat from stumbling through muck or thigh-deep water in the pre-dawn. You've likely asked yourself if you really needed to lug all those heavy blocks to your spot. The answer? Maybe not. It really depends on the...


Duck Guide Jeremy Dersham Recalls Special Diver Hunt

Jeremy Dersham was hooked on the outdoors lifestyle long before he began guiding waterfowl hunters , but a frigid outing during his youth sealed that passion forever. “Growing up, my family and I pursued upland game, small game, waterfowl and, of course, big game,” said Dersham, owner of Ridge and...


Delta Waterfowl Tracking Ringnecks

Many of the ring-necked ducks in a groundbreaking Delta Waterfowl study have reached their breeding grounds and have likely begun nesting, the organization reported June 12. A map on Delta’s website shows where 15 marked ringnecks have settled. The earliest, a bird dubbed TWP, was nesting April 18. Another hen,...


Dr. Duck on Taking New Hunters

Dennis “ Dr. Duck ” Loosier knows the challenges of learning to hunt ducks without a mentor. That’s why he’s so passionate about introducing newcomers to the sport . “I fell in love with duck hunting the first time I went,” he said. “My father and grandfathers did not hunt...


7 Tips for Better Bluebill Hunting

If June seems like an odd time to discuss bluebill hunting , remember this: Those black-and-white rockets will be on the move in 100-some days. As such, it’s time to hone your game. Try these tips to boost your success on ’bills this season. Be a Hoarder Decoying scaup —...


Delta Waterfowl: Who Laid the Egg?

Have you stumbled on duck eggs and wondered which species was nesting there? In this video, Delta Waterfowl 's president and chief biologist tells you how to distinguish the nests of some common puddle ducks . Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Justin Martin Recalls the Mallard that Hooked Him

Editor’s note: When you’re a true devotee, waterfowling grabs part of your soul and shapes your existence. In this multi-part series, we asked three high-profile hunters when they realized they loved duck hunting and how it has changed their lives. Up first: Justin Martin, general manager of Duck Commander. Martin...


3 (More) Duck Hunting Shots That Will Fool You

You might remember a Nov. 17, 2017 blog in which I discussed six “sneakers” — waterfowling shots that can trick you into a three-gun salute that punches holes in the air around birds. Admittedly, some days, I can turn any shot into an adventure. However, some shot opportunities consistently prove...


Duck Hunters: Are You Waking Up Too Early?

The question arises most days from September through January: When do I need to get to my spot? More important, how early do I have to get up? Here are some quick thoughts on timing your waterfowling arrival and setup schedule. Usually, Get Up Early In general, this rule holds...


Waterfowling by the Numbers

People love lists, and they especially enjoy lists with numbers. Waterfowlers are no different. So in that spirit, I threw together a few numbers to which every duck and goose hunter can probably relate. 1: When a single blast echoes across the marsh, you can usually assume someone has killed...


3 Half-Hour Duck Hunts

Turkey hunters sometimes use the term "flash hunt," which essentially means they locate, call in and then kill a bird extremely quickly. And although that definition doesn’t quite fit in the waterfowling world , duck and goose hunters can at times enjoy extremely brief yet productive hunts. You have to...


How the Duck Pros Deal with Hunting Pressure

Every waterfowler knows that guy — the dude with access to a prime private spot, where he always works unpressured birds and never worries about other hunters. But most of us aren’t that guy. In fact, many trips to the marsh — whether it’s public water, a management area, an...


Top 6 Waterfowling Boating Fails

Many days, waterfowl hunters are boaters. We use all types of crafts — skiffs, canoes, jon boats, deep-Vs and more — to access hotspots. Shoot, some days, we hunt from those rigs and stay in them all day. But now and then, we seemingly forget many cardinal rules of boating...


Manitoba Trust Grant Will Help Delta Produce More Ducks

Delta Waterfowl was recently awarded $100,000 from Manitoba’s new Conservation Trust to build and install 500 Hen Houses in the province during Winter 2019-’20. The grant is one of the first round of projects approved through the $102 million trust. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires...


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